Collaboration Projects


Developmental Disability Health Initiative (DDHI) – Year 5

Funded by: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City


The DDHI is a collaborative effort between Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas and UMKC-IHD to increase healthy lifestyle practices of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This year we are working to integrate the Community Health Worker (CHW) role in several local provider agencies.

 We believe this is critical to achieving sustainable results for people with IDD and is a valuable component to a statewide and national effort to integrate CHW’s into healthcare services for underserved populations. Also, we started a Health Advisory Council (HAC) with a membership of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members. The HAC is working with Harvesters to develop nutrition classes that are accessible to people with disabilities. We continue to offer dietitian consultations through this grant as well.

Several local providers are implementing the Health Matters Program – a 12 week – 36 session nutrition and exercise program for people they support and staff. Thus far all the groups report success – having fun while getting healthier!

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Improving Oral Health for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Funded by: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City


This one year initiative started in late January 2017 and aims to improve oral health care for adults with IDD living in Jackson County in three ways:

  1. Develop and deliver training for dental professionals to increase their capacity to treat people with IDD
  2. Develop and implement training for people with IDD, their family caregivers, and disability service providers that will improve routine daily oral care and hygiene
  3. Identify and implement policy and practice changes at local provider organizations and in state systems that will lead to improved oral health and better access to care for people with IDD

Kansas City Collaborative to Enhance Access to Physical Activity and Behavioral Supports for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Funded by: The Administration for Community Living – ACL


A Kansas City collaborative three year project with the overall goal to increase capacity and improve access to person centered, evidence-based support that helps caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias and intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently and safely at home.

Partners include:
Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter, Shepherd’s Center, University of Kansas Medical Center – Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Jewish Family Services of Greater KC, and University of Missouri – IHD